It is in the successive stages of his experience, that the believer sees more distinctly, and adores more profoundly, and grasps more firmly — the finished righteousness of Christ. And what is the school in which he learns his nothingness, his poverty, his utter destitution? The school of deep and sanctified affliction. In no other school is it learned, and under no other teacher but God. Here his high thoughts are brought low, and the Lord alone is exalted.